New Zealand-based sonar manufacturer WASSP Ltd. has debuted WASSP-Wireless, a new system designed for superyachts and specifically underwater obstacle avoidance.
Installed in the tender or a support vessel, the system uses a wi-fi radio link to send a real-time sea floor map back to the bridge for display on a MaxSea navigation plotting platform.
Using a wide angle, multi-beam transducer, WASSP-Wireless can make one pass at a depth of 20m to map a swath more than 60m wide using 112 sonar beams. The resulting image is information rich and either 2D or 3D.
“Unlike other avoidance systems, the transducer is mounted in the hull of the tender, thereby avoiding the need to slip and engineer transducer hull penetrations on the superyacht, usually an exercise owners like to avoid,” said WASSP Managing Director Gareth Hodson. “Alternatively, for rapid deployment, the transducer can be pole mounted to the side of a tender.”
WASSP systems are used in a variety of commercial applications including defense, hydrographic and fishing.
For more information, visit www.wassp.com.